It’s a sultry Sunday morning, and even at this early hour of the morning, the heat is rising from the parched earth. I have navigated myself from Mahiyanganaya (where I spent the night) to the Pollebadde Galaasha Road in Maha Oya, as per instructions given to me by Nayaka Aththo (Chieftain). He flags me, Read More

Steeped in history and home to one of Sri Lanka’s 16 sacred places (solosmasthana), Mahiyanagana, once a sleepy town, is now a bustling city. I am passing through Mahiyangana en route to Nuwaragala in Maha Oya. One of the focal points of this city is the Mahiyangana Raja Maha Temple, which plays a significant, Read More

Inconspicuously hidden in a tangle of trees and marked pathways is The Backwaters Lodge. A short drive from the main Wilpattu National Park Hotel Road at Eluwankulama, google maps is spot on! On arrival, friend and host, Tarique Omar is at hand, with his charming smile and inimitable manner to ensure cold towels and, Read More

Santorini is the glowing pendant of Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea it seems. So, last but not least, I am off on the Paros Jet to check out what this island is all about. Five hours 45 minutes later, I am on this crescent-shaped island, being driven to the Anemomylos Suites. This comfortable,, Read More

I’m island hopping again and back at the harbor waiting to board the Naxos Jet (a ferry) to Paros. I have opted for Paros for two reasons; to give one travel companion a chance to bathe in the sea and to experience a less visited island. Approximately three hours later, we disembark in this, Read More

Greece is mostly inspired by mythology and I love it! It romanticizes history and adds a sense of wonderment to a traveler like me. We get to the Delos harbour on this beautiful morning and settle down for a quick breakfast before departure. Just about 20 minutes (by ferry) from Mykonos is a small, Read More

It’s 6 a.m. in Athens and the Piraeus Harbor is buzzing with tourists. Some bewildered, dragging luggage, searching for jetties and boats with romantic sounding names, but there is sense of adventure and excitement. Our “ferry” (mid-sized cruise ship), Nissos Mykonos arrives at 7:10 am, and a huge gangplank is slowly dropped down from, Read More

My train gets into Bari, the port city of Italy’s southern region of Puglia located on the Adriatic Sea. It’s late evening and I’m glad to be picked up by friends who then drive me to their rented apartment in Monopoli. Monopoli is a charming, quiet town about 40 kms southeast of Bari and, Read More

God distributed soil through a sieve and used the remaining stones to build Greece states a Greek legend.   So when ancient Greek philosopher Thales of Miletus (643-548 BC) said “the world is wonderful because it is a creation of God” he probably was referring to his own country. My flight from Bari, Italy touches, Read More

I am off to spend my last few days in Nepal at the Chitwan National Park. My wish is to see the elusive tiger. My fingers are crossed!  I get to Tribhuvan International Airport, which also serves as Kathmandu’s domestic airport. There’s a kind of organized chaos at this airport, but I weave my way through, Read More